38 years ago, we went on an Israel Study Tour led by the New Israel Fund. It was an experience that introduced us to NIF’s work in empowering Israeli citizens, civil and human rights for Jews and Arabs alike, strengthening democracy, religious freedom, economic justice and women’s and minority rights. All ethics we highly value, all wrapped within the core of what NIF’s purpose and work are committed to.
We also learned about Shatil, the training arm of NIF. One of its functions is to follow the grants of NIF to prepare recipient organizations to effectively organize, and then to determine that the funds are purposefully used. We had not known of a non-profit that made such efforts to ensure the proper use of grants, and to be so successful at following donor monies so carefully. To us, Shatil added an essential service to the grants process unmatched in other philanthropies.
Since then, we have made financial commitments that will continue our support for NIF’s work beyond our lifetimes so that future generations of Israelis can benefit from NIF and Shatil’s mission.
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